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Dinner recommendations for Boston

busterfood Sep 10, 2013 01:30 PM

We are going to be in Boston for two nights in a couple of weeks. I'm looking for dinner suggestions. We like all kinds of food and aren't worried about price. Want a fun atmosphere with great food - not too stuffy. Where should we go? We are staying near copley square.

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    jajjguy Sep 10, 2013 02:40 PM

    I'll start you off:
    O Ya

    But definitely spend some time searching the board. This is a popular topic.

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    1. re: jajjguy
      busterfood Sep 10, 2013 02:54 PM

      Thank you. I am searching but good to know what's top of mind with people as well.

      1. re: jajjguy
        jajjguy Sep 11, 2013 08:45 AM

        Can't believe I forgot Erbaluce.

      2. opinionatedchef Sep 10, 2013 03:42 PM

        Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend :

        Oleana- really unusual Turkish/Mediterranean menu; (owner's farm)-to-table;charming patio. Aside from the food being delicious, this is a real 'foodie's delight' because the menu will be full of things you will not see elsewhere in the U.S. Cambridge

        Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. South End

        Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

        OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

        Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns-NR)

        Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.

        Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous .South End .NR

        Aquitaine- THE spot when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End.
        Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef; great inventive Asian- inspired, but also exc.fried chicken and unusual terrific burger. Watertown.

        Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran run spot with many unique twists (see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys.)


        Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

        For brunch, you cannot have more fun than at East Coast Grill in Cambridge. 25 yrs as a real locals' fav for all ages; latin, mexican,bbq and and seafood; Bloody Mary bar; great vibe.

        Another neighborhood hotspot is Highland Kitchen in Somerville,packed w/ 20's and young families.'Comfort food' plus; great bar and music. NR

        For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

        The Boston CH board is very active and helpful. They will give you their favs and latest finds as well.

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          fara Sep 10, 2013 06:14 PM

          StripT's would be my rec.

          For lunch I would recommend Boston Kabob in Allston for the vegetarian platter. Seriously.

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